Chalmette, LA

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Opening Date
: September 6, 2023

Exhibition Type: Mark II (Generation 1 with customization upgrade)

Lead Institution: Nunez Community College

Partner Institutions:
Meraux Foundation
St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission

Location: Nunez Community College campus


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Chalmette, LA is a town in St. Bernard Parish located less than 30 minutes away downriver from downtown New Orleans, LA. One of the major assets in Chalmette is Nunez Community College, which has been serving the community for many decades and has one main campus that is centrally located in Chalmette.

Nunez Community College is a student-centered institution that delivers relevant and innovative curriculum integrating the arts, sciences, and humanities leading to academic credentials and workforce opportunities. Nunez serves a vital role in the community by engaging with partners to support student success and personal growth. Nunez is part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

On August 29, 2005, Nunez Community College and its entire service area was struck by Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard Parish, was almost completely decimated as it took a direct hit and suffered flood waters that in many areas did not recede for weeks. The first floor of every building on the Chalmette campus was flooded more than seven feet.
The College presented a fall mini-semester within weeks of the disaster. By the end of December the first floors of the buildings were gutted and electricity, water, and sewer hook ups were restored. The College became an oasis in the ravaged parish and a catalyst for business and industry revitalization. Nunez opened the campus for business in January of 2006 and resumed classes immediately.

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When Nunez became aware of the Voyage Mark II Scale Model Solar System Exhibition availability, it seemed like a natural component that our campus should have. Just a couple of years earlier Nunez had started the Aerospace Manufacturing Technology program to train local individuals to become Aerospace Technicians to assist NASA and local manufacturing industry partners. It is not well known, but American’s Rocket Factory, the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), is located in New Orleans and just 5 minutes away from the Nunez campus. MAF has actually been a part of every single manned space mission by the USA.

Since one of the Nunez goals is to make the region into a national aerospace manufacturing hub we want to engage the community in STEM and Space related experiences and education. We believe this exhibition will thrill and inspire further exploration in an outdoors setting where K-16 students, families, educators and the public can gather and engage with each other, and the wonders of Space.

Implementation Plan 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education would like to encourage a community to not just install a Voyage exhibition as a passive experience, but proactively put Voyage to work, with e.g., tours, both guided and self-guided, and classroom-based pre- and post-tour lessons on Solar System science and exploration. The community’s lead organization, working in concert with the other partner organizations, submits an Implementation Plan where all collectively propose how the Voyage exhibition and associated educational materials would be used in their community to address the Voyage Key Objectives (see Section 1 here), hopefully in perpetuity.

Download Chalmette, LA, Implementation Plan

Site Maps

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Preliminary Site Maps: To help a community understand how the Voyage model Solar System will lay out at the proposed site, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education generates Preliminary Site Maps (PSMs), which overlay the proposed position of the Sun and orbits of the planets atop Google Earth images. The radii of the orbits are the average distances of the planets from the Sun at the 1 to 10-billion scale. The PSMs provide an understanding of where the orbits intersect walking paths, so that positions of the exhibitions’s 13 stanchions can be identified.

The Inner Solar System orbits out to the Asteroid Belt.

The Outer Solar System orbits from the Asteroid Belt out to Pluto.

Formal Site Map:
 A Formal Site Map (FSM) is produced by the community using a CAD map of the site (if available) that is accurate at sub-meter resolution. The FSM identifies the precise locations of the exhibition’s 13 stanchions relative to local buildings, streets, pathways, and green spaces.

Custom Site Map:
If a community has purchased a Customization Upgrade, each of the exhibition’s 13 storyboards includes a Custom Site Map (CSM) created by the designer for the Voyage National Program. The Formal Site Map provided by the community is used to create the CSM, which maintains the Voyage design aesthetic defined by style and color palette. The CSM provides the visitor with wayfinding information relative to local landmarks.

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